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buffy pipit

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Buffy pipits (Anthus vaalensis) favour the bare ground of open grassy plains, which include pan edges. Small groups are common, although they are more likely to be observed singly or in pairs.

Distribution: Sparse populations can be found in mainly central and northern Namibia, including Etosha National Park.

Diet: Forages on the ground and eats insects, seeds, grit and feathers.

Description: Often confused with the slightly smaller plain-backed pipit, which has darker upper parts and the same rump colour. Of the 4 subspecies of buffy pipit found in the region, 3 can be observed in Namibia. Wing length and subtle plumage colourations form the main differences between subspecies.

Breeding: A coarse grass cup, lined with rootlets and fine grass is placed in a hollow near a tuft of grass or under an overhanging rock. Usually 2 or 3 eggs are laid from July to January and incubated for around 14 days.

Size: 19cm. Weight: 30g.

Emanya at Etosha

A blend of African excitement & luxury are the order of the day at this luxury lodge

Etosha Aoba Lodge

Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation

Mushara Lodge

Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance

Mushara Outpost

Small intimate tented camp built on raised platforms, good for privacy and a 'luxury outdoor' feel


Inside the park borders, built around Fort Namutoni. Recently upgraded to appeal to more 'up-market' visitors

Onguma Bush Camp

Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists

Onguma Tented Camp

A tented camp just outside Etosha

Onguma The Fort

Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms - a popular option with those seeking an exclusive new perspective

Onkoshi Camp

The first new accommodation to be built inside the Etosha National Park in over 30 years. The camp sits on a wooden deck on an isolated peninsula overlooking the pan

Villa Mushara

Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries

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